Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What is the one thing you'd most like to change about the world?

My husband and I exchanged Christmas gifts last night. Not out of anticipation, but because on Christmas morning we'll have to get up, open presents with our daughter, pack up the car, and begin our two-day journey to Michigan. I'm really not looking forward to spending Christmas on the road, and worse (to me) Christmas night in a hotel. It'll be good to see family though. This will actually be our first time home for Christmas (well, technically we won't be there until the 26th, but it's close enough) in 3 years. 

Question #5 of the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind:

What is the one thing you'd most like to change about the world?

Hate.

If I could erase one thing in this world, it would be hate. I'm talking about the hate that leaves neighbors killing one another, keeps nations at war for decades and keeps adolescents feeling hopeless and alone. But I'm also talking about average, every day hate.

As mere human beings, every single one of us is guilty of hate to some degree. We begrudgingly look at the mom we see out shopping with five children and her size 2 figure. We gossip about our neighbor caring about himself more than his children when he comes home with a new car. We judge our friends' parenting choices behind their backs.

Hate is everywhere. It sickens me that this is the example that we are setting for our children. I understand that these minor acts of judgment are simply human nature, but why?

I was going through my blog roll yesterday when I came across a post from a mom who was describing the transition from disposable diapers to cloth diapers (I'm sorry I can't remember which blog - if it was you let me know so that I can credit you!) She was talking about how after 9 months of disposables, she has decided to use cloth diapers, and when introducing herself in CD forums she was bombarded with rude comments and despicable remarks about how awful it was that she used disposables. Blarg.

In recent news, you may have heard about Etsy refusing to shutdown one of its shops that displays highly offensive greeting cards, such as "Congratulations on being raped" and "Congratulations on having a child with Down Syndrome." I refuse to link to the shop because the last thing they need is more publicity, but Etsy's current stand on the situation is that the cards are an "artistic expression" that may be offensive to some but a cultural expression to others. Riiiight. You can read more about this story by clicking here.  

So why does hate exist? Probably because it's part of what makes us human. God didn't promise us that life on this earth was going to be easy.

I know that hate is inevitable, and will always exist on earth. But for crying out loud already,
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!

2 comments:

  1. Hello! I am following you from the Blogtastic Extravaganza! I am so excited!
    Here is my blog~
    http://skittaskattfurniture.blogspot.com

    Ill be going threw all the blogs a little later!

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  2. Just stopping by to say hi!!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and that your time is truly blessed. I hope that you enjoy safe and easy breeezzzy travels :)

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